Townsite Camground:

Electrical-serviced sites in Loop B and walk-in tenting sites in Loop H are open on a first-come, first-served basis until November 1, 2019. Reservations for 2020 can be made on the Parks Canada online reservation system starting in January.

Townsite Campground loops (A, C, D, E, F, G) east of Cameron Creek are closed for construction. The campground entrance has moved to Evergreen Avenue on the west side of the campground, to facilitate access to loops B and H.

For 2019, Parks Canada will operate two vehicle-accessible campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park: Townsite Campground and Belly River Campground.

Crandell Mountain Campground is closed due to extensive infrastructure damage from the Kenow Wildfire.

General information

Some useful information about camping in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Where to camp

Townsite Campground
Townsite Campground

Open April 12 to November 1, 2019 (weather permitting).

Located at the south end of the Waterton townsite, this campground offers 90 water, sewer and electrical sites, 45 electricity sites, as well as accessible, unserviced and walk-in tent sites.

The campground also has hot showers, flush toilets, food storage and kitchen shelters. There are no individual firepits.

This open, mowed-lawn campground, exposed to winds from Upper Waterton Lake, is an excellent place for RVs or for those who wish to be within walking distance of the town's amenities. The campground is 100% reservable so reservations are advisable if you want to be sure of a site.

Mule deer, bighorn sheep and ground squirrels are commonly seen in the campground.

Townsite Campground: general information

Belly River Campground (primitive)
Belly River Campground

Closed for the season.

These campsites are available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Located along the Chief Mountain Highway, 26 km from Waterton townsite, this self-registration campground offers 24 unserviced sites, flush and dry privies, food storage, kitchen shelters, fire rings and fire wood (fire permit required). Bring your own drinking and cooking water, as no potable water is available at this campground.

A pleasant area of mixed aspen forest, this primitive campground lies right beside the Belly River and is favoured by those campers wanting a more secluded experience. Foxes, bears and deer are common through the area. A campground host program operates in this campground.

Belly River Group Campground

Closed for the season.

Group camping is available by reservation only at Belly River Campground for groups with a minimum of 25 people. Please contact us for more information or reservations.

Winter camping

Pass Creek picnic site, located on the Entrance Parkway about four kilometers from the entrance gate, offers a sheltered winter campground, free of charge (open November 1 to April 1).

The Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) operate a backcountry hut in Waterton Lakes National Park (Cameron Lake Cabin), providing overnight accommodation in the winter.

The ACC is taking reservations for the Cameron Lake Cabin now that the Akamina Parkway is open to non-motorized use. For more information visit the ACC website.

Campground host program

People from around the world visit Waterton Lakes National Park to relax, experience the great outdoors and learn about our natural heritage. You can join them by volunteering as a host at one of our campgrounds.

Campground hosts greet visitors and provide them with information. They volunteer for 4 hours a day, 5 days a week (including weekends). In return, hosts have free entry to the park for a year, a free campsite while they volunteer, a site tour and many other benefits.

You must volunteer for a minimum of two weeks and provide your own self-contained camping unit (RV, truck camper or tent trailer). For more information contact us.

Private accommodation

For information on private accommodations in and around the park, visit Waterton Lakes Chamber of Commerce.